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A bit of trivia

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Maahmaah (Maahmaah)
Mon, 11 May 1998 20:27:31 EDT

Facts about art & architecture.


Ancient Chinese artists would never paint pictures of women’s feet.

At the age of 26, Michelangelo began sculpting his monumental statue of David.
He finished it seventeen months later, in January, 1504.

England's Stonehenge is 1500 years older than Rome's Colosseum.

Evard Ericksen sculpted "The Little Mermaid" statue which is located in
Copenhagen harbor.

Frederic-August Bartholdi sculpted The Statue of Liberty in 1886.

If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air,
the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the
person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all
four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

In 1925, the first motel -- the "Motel Inn" -- opened in San Luis Obispo,

Nobody is buried in Grant’s tomb. President & Mrs. Grant are entombed there. A
body is buried only when it is placed in the ground and covered with dirt.

On July 28th, 1945, a US Army bomber crashed into the 79th floor of New York's
Empire State Building, killing 14 people.

The Eiffel Tower is 984 feet high.

The Eiffel Tower receives a fresh coat of 300 tons of reddish-green paint
every seven years.

The estimated weight of the Great Pyramid of Egypt is 6,648,000 tons.

The extended right arm of the Statue of Liberty is 42 feet long.

The great Gothic cathedral of Milan was started in 1386, and wasn’t completed
until 1805.

The Mona Lisa, by da Vinci, is 2’6" by 1’9".

The Museum of Modern Art in New York City hung Matisse's ‘Le Bateau’ upside-
down for 47 days before an art student noticed the error.

The only one of his sculptures that Michelangelo signed was the "The Pieta,"
completed in 1500.

The painting, "American Gothic" depicts the sister and the dentist of artist
Grant Wood as rural farm folk.

The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City in 1885 aboard the French ship

The Statue of Liberty weighs 225 tons.

There are 132 rooms in the US White House.

There are 403 steps from the foundation to the top of the torch in the Statue
of Liberty.

Until the time of Michelangelo, many sculptors colored their statues, and most
from ancient Greece and Rome at one time had been painted or "polychromed."
Over the course of years, rain washed the colors off the marble.

Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt are the four US presidents
whose faces are carved on Mt. Rushmore.

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